Anyway, Chad just got himself a Surly Moonlander and he asked me to make a framebag for him. Chad asked me for a frame bag that will accommodate his hydration reservoir and have a bit of stretch in the side panel so he can over stuff his bag. After talking over the bag with Chad, I went to my local shop to track down and trace a Large Moonlander Frame.
|Step One - Trace the Frame|
|Velcro Strips Sewn & Ready to Go|
Pattern drafted, I began cutting the bits and pieces that go into the frame bag. Starting with the velcro, I cut the velcro attachments. My supplier switched to a military spec 1.5 inch wide velcro- so instead of the 2" wide velcro I've been using, I made Chad's bag with 1.5" wide velcro. I back the velcro with a grippy, non-slip fabric that grabs onto frames really well and doesn't scratch the paint.
|Baffle - a foam & cordura packcloth sandwich.|
I also sewed the baffle together: EVA foam sandwiched into cordura pack cloth (yellow for the inside of the bag and black on the outside).
|Lots of Strips go into Making the Drive-side Panel|
|Drive-side Panel Completed|
Once the bits are together, I cut the side panel fabric. The drive side of Chad's bag has lots of long strips of X-Pac, zippers and a 2 way Schoeller Softshell. Once sewn together, it's all one piece, ready for the zipper pulls.
|Siena waits for me to finish!|
|Frame Bag together, time to finish the interior turn it right side out|
|HTW Card attached.|
|All Done & Ready to be Sent to Chad|